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Clara Polite of Georgia holds a sign during a protest on April 19, 2002 in Fort Mill, SC.
Shirley Sherrod, the former USDA director of rural development for Georgia, was forced to resign Monday when a video surfaced of her telling an NAACP audience that she could not give aid to a white farmer. The incident is fueling Tea Party allegations that the NAACP and Sherrod’s remarks are racist. But, it appears the video of her speech was edited and taken out of context, and the farmer, Roger Spooner, has come forward announcing Sherrod actually helped save his farm. Now the NAACP has retracted its criticisms of Sherrod and is asking the USDA to rehire her. To Sherrod, this news is “bittersweet.” The White House is intervening and has requested that an official review be done of the case. Did the USDA overreact and was the media quick to pass judgment? Will Sherrod get her job back?
Jim Rainey, On the Media columnist for the Los Angeles Times